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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 February 2012

We were in Akaroa as part of a cruise. We decided to do our own thing that day and we are glad that we did. We booked our afternoon with Pohatu Penguin Habitiat, where we would kayak and see wildlife. We were picked up by...More

10  Thank dfarinato
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

We drove to Akaroa an hour and a half after contacting by email, making sure we arrive on time for the 18:00 penguin tour. When we arrive well before the due time, the office was closed and there was nobody on location. No response also...More

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Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2015

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We, at Pohatu penguins were very sorry to read your feedback qualifying your experience with us of a poor customer relationship. And we also would like to rectify some important details. We are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the 24 hour "emersion" experience that included spending the night in very clean cabins at Flea Bay. Although "off the grid" communications-wise, the cabins are fully electric so keeping things charged and working was easy. There are flush toilets and a shower in...More

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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Bonnie, Thank you for your kind words and nice description of our your 24 hour with us. Being disconnected is amazing isn't it? We tend to forgot that we can survive like this ^-^ Hope the rest of your trip went well and the...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Averil led us on a wonderful tour of her family's beautiful farm above Akaroa. We learned a lot, saw a lot and were awed by the scenery. This was a day to remember.

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Kevin P, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks guys, glad you had a wonderful time with me as your guide. Kindly Averil

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour offers so much more than Penguins. Expect amazing scenery, expect a fantastic tour guide and expect to have a good time. Our tour guide Kevin was an enthusiastic walking talking conservation encyclopedia, what he doesn't know about penguins isn't worth knowing. Waste no...More

Thank KarlDavidW
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi there! Wow! Thank you so much for your great review about your tour with Kevin, it is always heartwarming for us to see that the message we want to spread about wildlife conservation has been received. We are so happy you had a good...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I joined the evening tour and we met at their office in Akaroa. While driving to the reserve we did some photo stops on the way. Great views of Akaroa from above. Ben,our guide,was a never ending source of information about the penguins and their...More

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Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, thank you for your nice review about your experience on our Evening Penguin tour with Ben. You've resumed very well what the tour is about. The yellow eyed penguin was a bonus that night as we don't get to see them every time!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful trip and saw a lot of penguins in their natural surrounding. Ben was an outstanding guide. Very passionate and able to povide a lot of explanations. Even the drive to the habitat was spectacular and it was very eco-friendly. One of...More

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Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thanks a lot for your kind review about your experience with Ben at Pohatu, and for recommending us! Very glad to hear it was one of your best trip :) Geraldine

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the eveing tour which started for us at 6pm, we got a mini van from there shop and they drive us 45mins to out destination with photo stops along the way, (unleds you confortable driving rocky, narrow and bendy mountain roads dont drive...More

Thank Zoe F
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Zoe, Thank you very kindly for your comments. Ben is indeed a passionate guide and love his birds. Seeing the penguins returning home after a long day at sea hunting is always a cute thing to witness trying to jump on the rocks ^-^...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the 2 hour nature tour on our last full day in Akaroa. The weather was wet and windy but that didn’t matter much. Our guide, Kevin kept us informed about the history of the area and the impact human settlement has had as...More

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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Brendan, Thank you very much for your feedback. It is always good to hear back from previous clients. Always happy to guide people around the peninsula and as you have pointed out even windy and wet, there is always something to look at. Hpoe...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were so fortunate to be able to book this tour at the last minute, because it was the high point of our visit to Akaroa. Ben, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, happy to answer endless questions, stop whenever for photographs, and very informative about...More

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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so very much fr your kinds comments. Ben will appreciate hearing your comments about his guiding. He loves talking about the area and sharing with anyone who willing to listen ^-^ We wish you all the best for the rest of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just returned from New Zealand and went on this excursion during my stay on the southern island. I was blown away by the dedication this family has toward preserving the penguin habitat and continuing to educate people about them. Their passion is definitely shown...More

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Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your kind review and coming along with us, it's always a pleasure taking people around and sharing our knowledge with them. Kindly

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I signed up for this adventure with shore excursions prior to our cruise. From the description of the adventure we never imagined it would be as wonderful and fascinating as it was. It was amazing, from the time we met Joey at...More

Thank James S
Kevin P, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi James, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience on your Full Scenic Nature Safari with Joey. We are so glad that the tour was actually better than what you had expected! Joey is one of those lucky people who...More

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fay m
26 January 2018|
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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
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Rumi A
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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